ICA Selects Health Language to Strengthen Analytics and Reporting Across Patient Populations

    Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information for healthcare professionals and students, announced today that ICA has selected Health Language® to support its health information exchange (HIE) platform. Health Language medical terminology management software and services will enable ICA, a leading provider of interoperability technology that enables care management and HIE, to create longitudinal patient records and enhance reporting and analytics across entire populations.

    ICA’s interoperability platform connects providers across the continuum of care through a series of modules that support clinical communications and information exchange. The company is preparing to launch an informatics module, CareAlign Insight, which houses a central data repository. Health Language helps support this initiative by providing a dual-engine that, in collaboration with Clinithink, transforms both free text and disparate data into standardized terminologies.

    “We are pleased to partner with Health Language as we prepare to launch CareAlign Insight because the engines will work together to allow providers to leverage data mined in the repository for better patient outcomes,” said Jeff Cunningham, chief technology officer at ICA. “In today’s transforming healthcare environment, this enables us to capture information being shared and use it in real time in order to make a difference in the overall delivery of care by monitoring individual patients and assessing trends across communities.”

    ICA selected Health Language for its turnkey terminology management solution, professional services and customized mappings. By integrating Health Language software with its platform, ICA will enable its provider customers to:

    • De-duplicate data from disparate sources by automatically mapping it to standardized terminologies;
    • Leverage comprehensive, longitudinal patient records for enhancing patient care;
    • Receive immediate alerts of unusual activity around both individual patients and patient populations; and
    • Achieve population health management goals through robust analytics and reporting across communities.

    “As population health becomes a primary goal for more hospitals and health systems, it is essential that they get the most value out of their patient data,” said Brian McDonald, Executive Vice President, Health Language, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “By automatically normalizing all the information, ICA will be able to help providers become less dependent on their patients for information as they set the foundation for long-term analysis of patient populations.”

    The dual-engine, developed in 2012, is a culmination of the Health Language advanced Language Engine which normalizes disparate data through automated mapping and Clinithink’s CLiX engine which translates narrative text into standardized codes.